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Secrets of blind tasting

When was the last time you were asked to guess what the wine was in your glass? Anyone who professes some knowledge of wine will be familiar with this usually humbling challenge. But how much faith should we place in blind tasting? And why is it considered the gold standard of wine expertise? After all, we wouldn’t question an art critic’s ability to respond to, and assess, a painting when they don’t know who painted it. At best, it amounts to checking the bone fides of any taster confident enough to pronounce on the quality of a wine; at worst, the challenge is pressed with scepticism about whether there is any such thing as wine expertise. But why is this the right test of expertise in the wine world?

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In Prospect’s November issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues Donald Trump is a consequence of the American government ignoring the people—and they’ll have to deal with his impact whether he wins or loses the presidential election. Diane Roberts explores the rage eating America by looking at the people that government has failed. Switching the focus to the UK, David Marquand and a quartet of commentators assess Labour’s position—with varying conclusions. Also in this issue: Matthew Qvortrup looks at the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, two of Europe’s most important politicians whose lives have long been intertwined. Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for the mayor of Manchester, lays down the reasons why the northern powerhouse is so important and Prospect’s Arts and Books Editor Sameer Rahim reviews Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
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